Guelph police dog helps bring down robbery suspect

Charger, the Guelph Police Service dog.
Charger, the Guelph Police Service dog. Guelph police / Twitter

Guelph Police Service dog Charger played a role in Wednesday’s arrest of a robbery suspect.

Police were called to a business at Silvercreek Parkway and Willow Road after a man, brandishing a knife, stole an undisclosed amount of money from the establishment around 4 a.m.

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Officers investigating the incident were scouring the neighbourhood for signs of a suspect and found another business had its window smashed and items taken.

A 24-year-old Guelph man was arrested a short time later in connection with the armed robbery and a break-in at the second business.

Charger, the police dog, was sniffing out the area and was able to recover items believed to have been taken from the robbery and the break-in.

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“K-9 units are now a very integrated part of policing because of the multi-use ability of the K-9 unit,” said Const. Chris Probst. “K-9 units are used to track suspects but they can also be used to sniff out drugs, they can sniff out for bomb-making material [and] in this case we used the K-9 to track items.”

Police also recovered the cash that was stolen and discarded.

The accused is facing several charges including robbery, weapons dangerous, break and enter and breaching a probation order.

He was held for a bail hearing Wednesday morning.